META: Gone Gopherin'

I'll be out of the office from now until Saturday evening in Minneapolis helping my in-laws with computer problems (tech support for parents, woot!), so comment approval and such might be a bit slow. But never fear, I have content already written and scheduled so you hopefully won't be left in a lurch!

I've got all the materials for Friday Night Fights with me as well, so I should be able to get to a computer to compile the votes first thing Friday morning.

Be sure to have the place cleaned up when I get back and no parties after ten!

18 Responses to META: Gone Gopherin'

  1. Man, I moan and groan when I have to go help out my parents with PC issues, and they just live across town. In laws are closer though, which makes it easier to help them out. been looking for easy to use remote software, but haven’t found anything easy enough for them to use.

    Have fun!

  2. Oh man, I really feel your pain. I’ve been down that road too many times to count. Good luck and remember, don’t get sucked in. Do the job and get out! 😉

  3. That’s funny, I have a mom who is electronic ignorant too. She has trouble with the TV box. Eletronic don’t like me either but I can do what I need to do with them. Speaking of being out of the loop, my job is finally giving me leave again so I won’t be on from about the 9th to the 17th ish. Don’t have too much fun without me everyone.

  4. Hey Jeff, after you get done at your in-laws, can you come to my house? 🙂 The sound on my PC has been messed up for more than a month and it looks like the only way I can get it back is to reinstall the system software–way beyond my level of geek skills.

  5. Jeff, I feel your pain. My parents are completely ignorant when it comes to computers. They thought it was a big accomplishment when they figured out how to play Solitaire… Good luck, man, and just remember to breathe…

  6. I stopped myself in mid-rant, mid-strife, and total cynisism. Good luck with all that. I share your frustration wiht parents not knowing how to use the remote.

  7. I have sympathy for all of you. Ny dad surprisingly is very competent around the computer, and even my mom knows how to do most of the basic stuff. What I have to deal with is my fiancee asking me to do the same stuff over and over again. Record that show on the PVR. Do a virus scan on her computer. Update Angry Birds on her phone. She doesn’t know how to do any of it. She refuses to learn, partly because she knows I’ll do it for her anyway, and partly to get back at me for all the annoying crap that I pull in her.

  8. @Myro: Any particular reason why you deliberately pull annoying crap on your fiancee? I try to annoy my wife as little as possible.

  9. Worf said it well. If there’s a fight or I’m just soo done with what’s going on, I’ll irritate the hell out of her for a surreptitious revenge, but really, don’t draw first blood.

  10. @Niall More(4)

    Don’t need to reinstall. Restart in DOS mode and use this command.

    CHKDSK /F and you see the miracle 😀

    If i tell how many laptop i repair, or install operation systems. The people only use it, but if someone happens they usually don’t know what they do.

  11. Captain Kicktar

    I love having technically apt parents, although the same can’t be said for my grandparents.

  12. Worf, Brad – Actually, we don’t really fight often. Sometimes being annoying to each other is our means of spicing things up from time to time.

  13. So when you say “annoying crap” you really mean…ooooh. I guess that “in her” part wasn’t a typo after all, then. 😛

    “Yes, sir, I annoyed her. In fact, I pestered her. I pestered her all night long. And in return, she made me update her electronics.”

  14. This is my job, but instead of parents, it’s orthodontic office employees using my company’s software. And it goes about as smoothly, even when they remote me into their computers.

  15. @Myro, I totally get what you’re saying. I mess with my wife all the time, whether it’s makinf a noise or talking in a voice she doesn’t like, do doing things that can’t really be described on a PG-13 blog. You have to have your fun. Plus, nothing we can ever do could be as annoying as having to watch bad TV / Movies with your lady. Being forced to sit thru an episode of Glee is worth a little menacing now and again. 🙂